End of an era as fashion winners have field day
Oaks Day is always a day for finals, with the culmination of Myer’s Fashions on the Field competition.
Yesterday it also heralded the end of an era, being the final day of Jennifer Hawkins’s role as the retailer’s ambassador after a 12year run.
“I’m feeling really calm, happy,” Hawkins said. “I just want to have some fun,to celebrate with everyone. And I get to hang out with all the Myer crew and thank them.”
Hawkins has been a steadying presence for the department store as its fortunes fluctuated in recent years.
The 34-year-old said responses from people she’d met had been “incredibly sweet” since it was announced in August the partnership would be coming to an end.
“I’ll be in a shop or the post office and people are like, ‘ Oh, you’re leaving Myer, we’ll miss you.’ I get it. You’re in their face when they shop, on billboards or TV. It’s been nice to thank them in person.”
Hawkins was on hand to announce the national winner of Fashions on the Field, Carle Rutledge, representing Queensland.
The construction industry worker took out the top prize, which included a new Lexus, with an ensemble that included a hat she “constructed” to match her feather-trimmed Roksanda dress.
“I’m always busy this time of year trying to create some millinery pieces to match some outfits,” she said.
“I just need something crafty to get my hands into. It’s a bit of a sanity break for me from work, and a meditative thing.”
While Rutledge has previously entered the competition, she has “never got further than the top 10”.
The millinery award went to Victorian milliner Rebecca Share, who also won in 2011.
Her piece swirled around the head before finishing in an explosive wire pompom over the chest.
“Usually I start with a sketch, but this time I was playing with wire and netting and it just evolved,” Share said.
“I’m so happy to win it again.”
Australia’s women’s cricketers say they’re finally living and breathing their own aggressive philosophies as they go about trying to restock their trophy cabinet at this month’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.
Guilty of relying too much on their own talent in recent years according to coach Matthew Mott, the Australians will take a new approach into the Caribbean tournament after surrendering the title to the West Indies two years ago. Widely regarded as the world’s best women’s team, Australia enter tomorrow’s opener against Pakistan with 16 straight wins across all formats but without either the one-day World Cup or T20 trophy in their hands.
But things have changed since last year’s ODI World Cup semifinal exit to India, as Australia aim to claim their fourth World T20 victory in the last five attempts.
“A couple of years ago we may have spoken about wanting to play more aggressive cricket whereas now we’ve actually been doing that,” quick bowler Megan Schutt said.
“I just think we’re finally living and breathing the words we have been talking about in the media for a long time, we have the depth in our batting line-up to do that.”
Those changes include the dangerous Alyssa Healy moving to the top of the order, where she’s averaged 30.84 at a strike rate of 138.75 since the promotion.
She is partnered by Beth Mooney, while Ashleigh Gardner is striking at above 150.00 this year coming in at No 3.
Then the strokemaking of Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes has the team well equipped to maintain the run-scoring momentum.
“I think just the players themselves embraced the need to be a bit more adventurous and play a bit more fearlessly,” Mott said.
“Before we were probably relying on the fact we had a lot of depth and the most talented team and we weren’t playing the brand of cricket the new era demanded.
“I think world cricket has evolved so if you’re not 100 per cent on you’re very vulnerable, particularly in the T20 format.”
Mott has also told his bowlers to arm themselves with more variations with the ball, as the Aussies face a difficult path through the group to reach the final stages.
The Australians are in a group against one-day world champions India and the ever-dangerous New Zealand, who have the world’s top-ranked women’s batter in Suzie Bates.
Departing Myer ambassador Jennifer Hawkins, wearing Alex Perry and millinery by Ezara J x Cerrone, yesterday
Fashions on the Field winner Carle Rutledge
Rebecca Share’s headpiece